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National Grid promises lower bills in April

National Grid is promising electricity customers some relief in their next bill.

The utility company says April bills should drop by about 40 percent.

However, there will be an added charge on your may bill, reflecting last month's record cold.

The good news, the company says that charge will be lower than the one you saw in March.

In many cases, customers have seen their bills double since January.

National Grid has blamed the increases on the cold weather, which it says, pushed up demand and in turn, pushed up rates.

Three appointed to Appellate Division of NYS Supreme Court

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of several new judges to the State’s Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

They include Christine Clark in Schenectady County and Eugene Devine and Michael Lynch in Albany County.

All three are graduates of Albany Law School.

More information on the appointees can be found in the official release by the governor’s office below:

Green Island man arrested for crack cocaine possession

WATERVLIET– A Green Island man is under arrest for drug possession after Watervliet Police found him with crack cocaine.

William Milligan, 45, is also charged with tampering with evidence along with vehicle and traffic violations.

Police say Milligan, who goes by the street name “Pumpkin”, jumped out of his vehicle during a traffic stop on Monday and tossed a bag full of crack cocaine to the ground.

They say the drugs were individually packaged for sale.

He’s being held at the Albany County jail without bail.

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Albany County remembers crime victims

ALBANY - Crime victims from across New York State were remembered on Friday in Albany.

The annual ceremony was held at the Empire State Plaza, as part of Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Family members, loved ones and survivors all helped dedicate 20 new bricks that are part of the Crime Victims Memorial and Walkway.

More than seven hundred victims are remembered at the memorial which was established in 1996.

Albany County remembers crime victims

Albany County leaders joined victims of crime to honor National Crime Victim Rights Week.

Every April since 1981 communities across the nation have come together to remember crime victims and their families.

The ceremony honors survivors and remembers those who lost their lives to criminal acts.

Hudson Falls military recruiter faces rape charges in Washington Co.

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HUDSON FALLS - A military recruiter from Hudson Falls in behind bars, accused of rape.

The National Guard says Robert Haas, 35, has been in the military since 1996 and currently works at the Watervliet Arsenal.

Police say the case started as an assault investigation after the victim was taken to Glens Falls Hospital with injuries.

Further investigation led to Haas being charged with rape and obstruction of breathing.

The Washington County Sheriff says this was not random attack and occurred at his home.

The Sheriff says he is not aware of Haas using his power as a military recruiter to prey on women.